Rotary Club of 
     Corning New York

Jun 02, 2016
Chris Sharkey and Steve Gibbs
Glass Arts Society Conference June 9 - 11
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Vice President
Director, Club Service
Finance Director
Director, New Generations
Director, Community Service
Director, International Service
Director, Sustaining Fund
Director, Rotary Foundation
At Large Board Member
At Large Board Member

Club Information

Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:10 PM
Radisson Hotel Corning
125 Denison Parkway East
Corning, NY  14830
United States
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The Stories of Corning Rotary

Ted Goldwyn’s son Noah invites all Rotarians and friends to participate in his service project, the inaugural Starlight Mile Run for Camp STAR.


The event is a one mile walk/run taking place the evening of Saturday, May 21st, at 8:30 pm, on the Painted Post Running/Biking Trail. Registration will be held between 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Craig Park in Painted Post. Cost is $10 per child (ages 0 – 17), $15 per adult, or $30 for a family of four. All proceeds will go toward Camp STAR (se info below).


To register online, please go to For more information please contact Ted Goldwyn at, or 914-715-2248 (cell). Thank you!


About Camp STAR


Camp STAR is a week-long camp for children, ages 6 through 12, with a physical or developmental disability that might keep them from enjoying a typical camping experience.


The camp was founded in 1963 and is sponsored by 11 Rotary Clubs from the Southern Tier of New York State including the Bath, Canisteo, Corning, Chemung Sunrise, Elmira, Elmira Heights, Hammondsport, Hornell, Horseheads, Prattsburgh and Watkins-Montour Rotary Clubs.

The camp is housed at the peaceful, rural setting that is Watson Homestead.


For more information, please visit the Camp STAR website at:



     The Corning Rotary Club raised over $4,700 for local youth literacy programs at its inaugural “0.0K Race for Literacy”. The “race” was held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Southeast Steuben County Library, Nasser Civic Center Plaza, in Corning, NY. 


All proceeds will benefit the Corning Rotary Club’s Literacy Initiative. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the Club “adopted” the incoming Kindergarten class at Corning’s Winfield Street Elementary School. Over the course of three years, each student will receive one book a month to keep, helping them develop a love for reading along with skills in speech, communication, logical thinking, language, improved concentration, and focus.


The event began with a short jog around the Plaza, followed by a complimentary buffet dinner and beverages. Jen Batzing, principal of the Winfield Street Elementary School, was the keynote speaker. Children enjoyed several special activities at the Library, including an obstacle course and movie. All participants received “swag bags” including a limited-edition “0.0K”-themed pint glass or water bottle.


Given the success of the event, Corning Rotary plans to host the 0.0K race as an annual fundraiser.



The Corning Rotary Club of Corning announced that it is once again awarding financial scholarships to outstanding high school seniors in the greater Corning area.


“We are delighted to be able to offer these valuable scholarships again this year,” says Dr. Geraldine Wolfe, Corning Rotary board member and member of the Scholarship Committee. “It is important to recognize and reward our local high school and Corning Community College students with scholarships in honor of their commitment and dedication to community service right here in the Corning area.”


To be eligible, seniors must graduate in June 2016 and must enter a continuing education school program of two or more years by the fall of 2016. The scholarships are also available to second-year students at Corning Community College who are continuing their education at a four-year institution. Although scholarship amounts vary from year to year, in the past awards of up to $1,000 have been granted to scholarship winners.


The primary criteria for selection are a student’s demonstrated commitment to community service during his/her high school or college years, together with acceptance into a continuing education program of the student’s choice.


Applications are available at Corning Rotary website.  Just click HERE.  Applications are also available in the guidance offices of all local Corning-area high schools, and at Corning Community College. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 29, 2016.


All applications will be reviewed and selections made entirely at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee of the Rotary Club of Corning. Application finalists may be interviewed by the Committee.  Scholarship awards will be announced by early June 2016. 


Questions may be directed to an applicant’s high school guidance office or to Kate Danforth by phone: 962-4034 or email:


Rotary Members Nora Smith, Pauline Emery and Buddy Cutler participated in WETM-TV's weekly program named Community Focus, which aired on March 27th.
Use the link below to go to WETM-TV's page and view the 24 minute segment.  Once the player starts, you can use the playlist function (2 icons to the right of the Play button) to select the program, as new programs are continously added to the site.  It is titled "Community Focus Corning Rotary".


The Corning Rotary Club honors member Michele Donegan as the Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow.


Donegan, a Rotarian since 1991, is the General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Corning. Born and raised in Corning, Donegan graduated from Corning East High School before going on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Resort Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Syracuse University.


As a member of the Corning Rotary Club, Donegan has served as President, on the International Committee, and on the Board of Directors of Camp STAR. In the local community, she has served on the Gaffer District’s Board of Directors and as the Chairperson of the Marketing & Communication Work Plan Group. She has also served on the Watson Homestead Board of Directors, the United Way’s Campaign Cabinet, and received the United Way’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year award. Donegan has also served as Secretary for the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association.


Donegan’s local volunteer activities have included work with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and with the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. Donegan is also a founding member of the Fund for Women.


The Corning Rotary Club presents the Paul Harris award to outstanding Club and community members in recognition of activities that exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.


Corning Rotary Club Literacy Initiative
Have you ever wanted to be in the front of the pack at the starting line of a race?  This is your chance!  Put on some running duds and pin on a bib!  Please join us on April Fool’s Day, Friday April 1st to stand at the start line and participate in this unique race.  Your participation will help the children in our area develop reading, speech and communication skills. Click on the link below to register for this fun filled evening!

Looking forward to seeing you on race day in your best running duds!





Corning Rotary presents their 16th Annual International Dinner on Saturday, March 12th, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  The evening raises money and awareness of our international programs that enhance the lives of our brothers and sisters around the globe. It is also an evening of celebration for our local international community. This year we welcome Jim Flaws and Marcia Weber as our honorary event chairs! 


The Corning Rotary Club is once again sponsoring the annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee.


The Regional Spelling Bee will be held on March 10, 2016 at Campbell-Savona High School, beginning at 5:00 pm. This year, 60 students representing 30 area schools will compete to represent our region in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. this May. The regional champion will receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Bee, and other prizes will be awarded to the spellers as well.


Expenses for the trip will be underwritten by our major sponsors: Kraft Foods of Campbell and ServU Credit Union. Other sponsors include M&T Bank, Corning Credit Union, The Radisson Hotel, Bath Rotary, and Nesbitt Financial Services.


For additional information about the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee please contact Deborah Joseph at (607) 329 – 6854  or   


What do you get when you combine pancakes, great music and dancing?  A recipe for fun and likely a new Corning Rotary tradition!
President Buddy Cutler reports that "hundreds" came out for the Rotary fundraiser held at Corning American Legion on February 2nd, 2016, making the event a great success.
Dick Pope took the record for the number of pancakes eaten at the event.  Go Dick!

Thank you dear friends for your service and fellowship.  You are so missed...
         Linda Spencer              Floyd English                Walter Smith
We know that you are carrying on in Heaven and asking...
Could You Use Some Help Today   ~Avis Bailey
There's so many times I call on you
for the needs of the day,
Day or night you are always there
when I kneel down to pray.
So I thought with all the things you do
I'd just call  on you to say,
Is there anything I can do for you
to help you out today.
If someone's having troubles
I'd be willing to volunteer.
If they need someone to listen
I'd gladly lend my ear.
If they're lonely, sick, or dying
I'd be the friend they need that day.
With all the work that's facing you,Lord
Could you use some help today.
I wonder if there are any times
you feel you need to get away.
I wonder if some prayers to you
you would like to just delay.
I know you are not the kind of God
who will ever be dismayed,
But I offer to you, that I'm willing to do
whatever will help today.

The Corning Rotary Club recently honored member Brian Klotz as the Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow.
Klotz, a Rotarian since 2006, has worked for five years at Corning Incorporated, where he currently holds a position as IT Field Services Supervisor. Prior to beginning his career at Corning, Brian held other information technology roles and also served as a Senior District Executive at the Five Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts, where he earned awards including “Quality District” and “Chief Scout Executive Winner’s Circle”.
As a member of the Corning Rotary Club, Brian has served in numerous roles including as the long-time Rotary Foundation Chairman, a member of the Board of Directors since 2006, and member of the International Committee and Paul Harris Committee. He currently holds the position of First Vice President of the Club, and his accomplishments include spearheading a major restructuring of the Club bylaws, authorship of the President’s Handbook, and playing a key role in the Club’s conversion to the Clubrunner club support software platform.
“Brian is a person of high integrity and moral strength,” says Bill Boland, President-elect of the Corning Rotary Club. “He is a consummate Rotarian, living the Club’s ‘Service Above Self’ motto and the 4-Way Test.”
Klotz, a former high school athlete who has held his school’s record in the 4 x 100k relay since 1999, has been able to combine his passions for cycling and service through the formation of the No Tubes/Corning cycling race team in 2006. As part of the team’s activities, the Gears for the Tiers charitable fund was created in 2009 to raise funds for local charities and provide local children with bike safety education. To date, the 501(c)3 organization has donated over $36,000 to charities including Meals on Wheels, the Josh Palmer Fund, the Corning Area Youth Center, the Dave Clark Foundation, and Twin Tiers Honor Flights. In addition, over 150 children have been taught bicycle safety and received free helmets and safety equipment through the work of the club’s programs.
The Corning Rotary Club presents the Paul Harris award to outstanding Club and community members in recognition of activities that exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.

The Corning Rotary Club recently honored a local non-profit health organization with a Certificate of Appreciation.  
The Health Ministry of the Southern Tier has served the local area since 1997, providing uninsured and low-income residents of Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties with free limited primary medical and dental care. The 501(c)3 organization recently announced that it will close its doors as of the end of this year, citing a steep drop in client visits over the past few years.
At its peak in 2011, the Health Ministry provided a total of 3,434 medical patient visits, 65 eye exams, and 631 dental patient visits. All medical services are provided by volunteer doctors and nurses free of charge to patients.
Michael Slovak, executive director, and Ray Defendorf, an original founder and current member of the board of directors, accepted the Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Health Ministries.

The Corning Rotary Club has honored community member Jim Flaws as the Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow.
Flaws, who recently retired as Corning Incorporated’s chief financial officer after a distinguished 42-year career at the Fortune 500 company, was recognized at the Club’s December 3rd meeting for his role in leading many local community organizations over the past four decades.
Until recently Flaws served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Corning Museum of Glass. His vision was instrumental in this year’s expansion of the Museum’s acclaimed modern wing. Flaws has also served on the board of directors for the Corning Foundation, and served on the board of the United Way of the Southern Tier for 17 years in various roles including chairman and treasurer. Earlier in his career, Flaws led the effort to bring quality daycare services to Corning as the first treasurer of the Corning Children’s Center.
In his professional career, Flaws has posted numerous impressive achievements including leading the spinoff of Corning Incorporated’s healthcare business in 1996, helping to lead the company’s recovery following the
telecommunications downturn in 2002, and leading the acquisition of Samsung Corning Precision Materials in 2013. Flaws was also named One of America’s Best CFOs on three separate occasions by Institutional Investor magazine.
The Corning Rotary Club presents the Paul Harris award to outstanding Club and community members in recognition of activities that exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.


Jack Benjamin Honored as Corning Rotary Paul Harris Fellow


CORNING, NY— The Corning Rotary Club recently honored community member Jack Benjamin as the Club’s newest Paul Harris Fellow.


Benjamin, the President of Three Rivers Development Corporation since 1981, was recognized at the Club’s October 1st meeting for his role in leading many of the urban planning and economic development activities in the greater Corning area over the past four decades. He began his career as a staff member at Three Rivers in 1973, when he was charged with helping the community recover from 1972’s devastating Agnes Flood.


Benjamin has served on many local community and corporate Boards of Directors including: Guthrie Corning Hospital, Alfred Technology Resources, the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce, Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Five Star Bank, Southeast Steuben United Way, and the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corp. He also served in the role of Chairman of the LPGA Corning Classic for many years.


Benjamin has received numerous awards including the 2012 Apple Award as Volunteer of the Year from Bethany Village, the 2007 Five Rivers Council Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen of the Year, and the 2006 John Eberenz Business Person of the Year Award from the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce.


The Corning Rotary Club presents the Paul Harris award to outstanding Club and community members in recognition of activities that exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.


Corning Rotarians show up in force to support this fun filled, annual community event on Sunday September 27th, 2015.  More than 600 chicken dinners were served and $6000 raised for our local food panties!
“Now what, I say what’s the big idea bashin’ me in the bazooka that-a-way
Corning Rotary!”
               Kelly Copp                          Rick Davis and Bill Boland
      Ernie & Kate Danforth                        Jenny Ruland Family
                Ted Marks


It was a brilliant blue skied day that brought the community out to celebrate the unveiling of the First Responders Honor Park in Gang Mills. 
The Friday September 11, 2015 event was highlighted by honor guards from Steuben County Sheriff’s office, the New York State Police and emergency management directors from Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties, who raised the majestic flags that will fly over the park. 
The day’s ceremony also included the special recognition of the first, The First Responder of the Year, Ret. Station Commander Mike Case, of the NY State Police.
Corning Rotarians , Don Creath, Ernie Danforth, John Carpenter, Kelly Copp, Elaine Farwell, Dick Pope, D. Michael Platt and Anton Spycher were instrumental in leading this successful and enduring project from inception.
The park is located at the corner of Forest Drive and South Hamilton Street (Route 417), Gang Mills.  It features 4 honor beds with inscribed pavers, honoring firefighters, police and medical and rescue personnel from the Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties.
If you are interested in purchasing a paver in honor of your favorite first responder, please visit the Corning Rotary Commemorative Pavers Web Page.
The residual funds received from the pavers will be used for a perpetual maintenance endowment for the park.
Not coincidentally, the Honor Park was dedicated on Patriot Day, and will be used for annual observances of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks.  Let us never forget…

3 Things Rotary “Brick & Mortar” Deliver!
1) A place to rest and dream
2) A place to gather with the ones you love
3) A place to call HOME
Corning Rotary members Francis LaLomia, Melanie Owens and Kelly Copp joined a team of 39 this past April who traveled to Talnique, El Salvador to build homes and dreams! The traveling carpenters included 13 from the Corning area. The youngest team members included Rotary Interact students from CPP High School - Shivani Tambi, Sophie Henneman, Nina Dingel and Becky Roche.
During the 9 day trip the team built right alongside the families that would eventually occupy the modest 400 Sq. Ft. homes. They shared smiles, laughter, tears and dreams long dreamed. Ultimately, these tiny little homes, big in heart, provide welcome shelter to a family of 6-14 that includes 3 generations of loved ones!
"These Rotary brick and mortar projects are important because not only are they changing the lives of the communities we build in, but the ones who are donating their time and money as well." ~ Francis LaLomia
If you want to learn more about building homes and changing lives in El Salvador in 2016, please contact Francis at

At its May 28, 2015 meeting the Corning Rotary Club awarded membership in the Paul Harris Society to Wendy Winnett.

‘This is such a wonderful surprise’, Winnett said, ‘There are so many things I love about the people in this club, what the club does in the community, and how all that reflects on the core value of Rotary, ‘Service Above Self.’ 
Wendy Winnett receives Paul Harris as husband Pete looks on.
Buddy Cutler became the Club's new president at the annual changeover dinner held Thursday night, June 25th. 60 some Rotarians, spouses and guests helped usher in another era as we thanked outgoing president Andy Taylor for his year of service. Here Buddy's wife Sharon pins on his president's badge.

Our Youth Exchange student Pimpisut Unpradit ('Tatty' of Thailand), on the left, graduated from Corning-Painted Post High School Friday night, June 26, 2015. She leaves shortly for a USA bus tour with other exchange students, and then back home the first part of August. We had a great year with her, and wish her the best.

“Thankfully the children and staff of House with Heart are safe after the massive earthquake on Saturday. Our buildings are still standing, but have been heavily damaged. The aftershocks are ongoing and very frightening, not to mention extremely dangerous. We are currently housing and feeding about 75 people on our property. Everyone is crammed into two large tents we purchased last week (!) in the event of such a disaster. We have some emergency food and water supplies, but those will run out soon, so we’re working to find sources. All of the shops are closed. There is no power or telephone, but we are able to occasionally get through to staff and the children on cell phones.” 
Over the years, Corning Rotary has made significant investments in the physical safety, health, and education of the children at Ghar Sita Mutu - the House with a Heart. This program provides a home for abandoned children, programs for destitute women, and an outreach for those in Katmandu, Nepal.
Our dear friend and Rotarian Linda Spencer passed away unexpectedly on March 14. At our March 19 meeting Linda was remembered aa a generous person, who constantly and humbly gave back to her community. To her fellow Rotarians she was welcoming and funny. She was a giver to Rotary. On the Friday night before her death, while not feeling well, she was hard at work helping to pull the International Dinner together. She will be deeply missed.

At the March 12th meeting the Literacy committee, in partnership with the Sustaining Fund, presented a major new literacy initative that will provide books to Winfiied Elementary School kids year round. The program will start with kindergartners, providing one book a month through second grade, and will track their reading development over time.

Corning Rotary presents their 15th Annual International Dinner  [dinner menu] on Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  The evening raises money and awareness of our international programs that enhance the lives of our brothers and sisters around the globe. It is also an evening of celebration for our local international community. This year marks a change of season for our event from November to March and features Charlie Craig from Corning Incorporated as our honorary chair. 
Campbell-Savona High School was the site of the 14th annual Regional Spelling Bee on March 5, 2015. The 'Bee' is sponsored by the Corning Rotary Club. A team of 8 Rotarians produced the event, won by 12 year old Jairam Hathwar, a sixth grader at Corning's Alternative School for Math and Science. Jairam's next stop is the Scripp's National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, MD May 24 - 29, where he will be cheered on by brother Sriram, co-winner of last year's national contest.

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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Francis LaLomia
    May 2
  • Jack Kelley
    May 2
  • Butch Acly
    May 13
  • Pete Winnett
    May 15
  • Ernie Danforth
    May 19
  • John G. (JGU) Ullman
    May 25
  • John Brown
    May 26
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Harriet Sweet
    May 15
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